Foundation Caja Rural from Jaen renew partnership with UJA in the national project Predimed Plus

The Foundation Caja Rural from Jaen has renewed its partnership with the University of Jaen in the national project Predimed Plus, by signing the agreement endorsed between the Dean of UJA, Juan Gómez Ortega, and the president of the Foundation Caja Rural from Jaen, José Luis García-Lomas.

In this way, the Foundation Caja Rural from Jaen, through its programme “Olivarum”, wants to promote actions to support research and development projects about different areas and, therefore, reward the research work as well as studies carried out. In particular, in this project, the Institution will contribute 10.000 euros in 2018.

After signing the agreement, the president of Foundation Caja Rural from Jaen explained that this project has the purpose of increasing knowledge and scientific evidence about beneficial properties of virgin olive oils and Mediterranean Diet to prevent type 2 diabetes as well as reducing cardiovascular risk linked to overweight and obesity.

On his behalf, the Dean from the University of Jaen underlined the ambitious nature of the project, “which emerges from the province of Jaen”, expressing his gratitute to the Foundation Caja Rural for renewing his collaboration on the project”. “The main aim is to define which is the influence on type 2 diabetes of an intensive intervention based on the Mediterranean diet pattern, where olive oil represents an essential role, through interventions carried out at health centers from Jaen and which are analysed after six months, a year and two years”, explained Juan Gómez.

22 research groups from universities and hospitals from all over Spain participate in Predimed Plus, four of which belong to Andalusia. Results will be based on monitoring 6.000 people, aged between 55 and 75. In Jaen, the project is coodinated by the Center for Advanced Studies in Olive Grove and Olive Oils from UJA, supervised by researchers Miguel Delgado, Professor of Preventive Medicine in UJA, and José Juan Gaforio, Professor of Immunology in UJA too, having the financial support not only of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and Carlos III Institute, but also the Provincial Government of Jaen, as well as Foundation Caja Rural from Jaen.

Conclusions of this exhaustive study will be available in 2020 and allow to make recommedations regarding public health, based on a higher degree of evidence, in order to reduce cardiovascular mortality associated with overweight and obesity.

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